Kickstarter has seen quite the explosion of 3D printers making their way onto its crowdfunding platform as of late. This week alone, we expect to see two or three new devices launch their campaigns. One of these is the Makrtoolbox Mk1 3D Printer, which will be rewarded to backers in kit form.
The Mk1 is the creation of a father and son, Earnie Garner and Earnie Garner Jr., who for the last ten years have owned and operated a local technology business in Wahpeton, ND. The main purpose of producing this device, which took them a total of eight months to plan and construct, was to create something that would stand up to the test of time, while also being affordable and expandable. They both feel as though they have accomplished these goals, and now are seeking $7000 in funding to expand their production capabilities.
The Mk1 has the following specifications:
- Build Volume: 6″x6″x6″ (150mmx150mmx150mm)
- Print Resolution: <50 microns (0.05mm) X/Y & 100 microns (0.1mm) Z
- Nozzle Size: 0.3mm or 0.4mm
- Hot End: J-Head
- Filament Diameter: 1.75mm
- Materials: Tested with PLA and Nylon
- Controller: Ramps 1.4 board (Arduino based)
- Software: G-Code compatible (Using Marlin Firmware) / Free Open
- Power: Includes 110v Power adapter. 12v 6amp
Unlike the typical 3D printer you may come across, this Mk1 is set up a bit different. The extruder for this device only connects to the smooth rods which make up the x-axis of the printer on one side. Most 3D printers on the market are constructed where the x-axis rods are connected to both sides of the printer. This leaves a lot of space around the printed object, allowing for an awesome view of the print as it’s being built.
Backers of the Makrtoolbox Mk1 will have several options for rewards, dependent on their total pledge. For a pledge of $250, backers will receive all the electronic components to make the printer. This package is for those who can laser cut their own parts for the printer’s structure. For $399, backers will receive the entire kit to build the printer and the spool holder, and for another $50, they will also receive an LCD control panel for the machine. They also have a clear acrylic kit available for a pledge of $549. The kits will begin shipping sometime in August, provided that the Kickstarter campaign meets its goal of $7000 by June 25th. Let us know what you think of this new 3D printer at the Makrtoolbox Mk1 forum thread at 3DPB.com. Below you can watch the Garners introduce their printer to the world:
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